LA JOLLA, Calif. - A 48-28 advantage in rebounding paced the University of California San Diego men's basketball team to a 74-41 league win against Cal State Monterey Bay Friday in front of 3,783 fans on Spirit Night at RIMAC Arena.
With the victory, UC San Diego improved to 16-5 overall and 11-3 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). The Tritons are tied with Chico State for first place in the conference.
UCSD scored the first seven points of the game and never relinquished its lead. Monterey Bay's 41 points were the fewest totaled against the Tritons this season.
Three players scored in double figures for the home team including Aleks Lipovic (game-high 16), Chris Hansen (15) and Christian Oshita (10). Lipovic hit four three-pointers while Hansen, a center, drained three. Michael Shoemaker grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
UCSD's rebound total included a 13-5 edge on the offensive glass.
The Tritons improved their shooting to 48 percent (14-29) in the second half after finishing at 28 percent (7-25) in the first. They hit 13 treys on the night and made 19 of 25 free throws.
The Otters, which fell to 3-17 overall and 1-13 in the CCAA, were led by Julian Ducree, who registered a double-double with 14 points and a game-high 10 boards. CSUMB made just two of 12 three-pointers and 13 of 23 free throws and shot 29 percent (13-45) from the field.
UC San Diego hosts Cal State East Bay (12-10, 5-9) Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Pioneers dropped an 82-74 decision at Cal State San Bernardino Friday night.